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India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi

India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi
From Reuters - November 15, 2017

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India advanced the rollout of cleaner Euro-VI compliant fuels in Delhi by two years on Wednesday to reduce high pollution levels in the capital city.

Vehicular emissions as well as illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi have caused air quality to deteriorate dramatically, prompting calls for tough action.

The oil ministry said all vehicles plying in the capital will have to move to the new fuel from April 2018 to reduce emissions.

India uses Euro-IV compliant fuels but last year decided to migrate to the Euro-VI level from April 2020, leapfrogging over Euro V norms.

In a statement the oil ministry said while Delhi will move to the new fuel called BS-VI next year, it has asked oil companies if they can introduce it for the national capital region of Delhi involving all its suburbs by 2019.

This (new) measure is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi and surrounding areas, it said in a statement.

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